Prince George’s Community College Is Awarded a Grant from The National Endowment for the Humanities

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Named a 'National Center of Academic Excellence' by President Obama, PGCC receives an endowment to showcase the poignant film series, Created Equal: America’s Civil Rights Struggle.

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This grant furthers the College’s mission of being the “community’s first choice for innovative, high quality learning opportunities.

Prince George’s Community College (PGCC) is one of 473 institutions across the country, and the only institution in Prince George’s County, that has been awarded a grant for $1,200 and a set of four films chronicling the history of the civil rights movement. The powerful documentaries, "The Abolitionists", "Slavery by Another Name", "Freedom Riders", and "The Loving Story" include dramatic scenes of incidents in the 150-year effort to achieve equal rights for all.

"Freedom Riders" received an Emmy in 2012, and both "The Loving Story" and "The Abolitionists" have been nominated for Emmys in 2013. Each of the films was produced with NEH support, and each tells remarkable stories of individuals who challenged the social and legal status quo of deeply rooted institutions, from slavery to segregation. 'Created Equal' programs bring communities together to revisit our shared history and help bridge deep racial and cultural divides in American civic life.

Created Equal: America’s Civil Rights Struggle is an initiative of the National Endowment for the Humanities that uses the power of documentary films to encourage community discussion of America’s civil rights history. NEH has partnered with the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History to develop programmatic and support materials for grantee sites like PGCC.

PGCC’s Created Equal program will be conducted in partnership with humanities scholars from Howard University, the Association for the Study of African American Life and History, the Maryland Humanities Council, and the Oxon Hill Library Branch of the Prince George’s County Memorial Library System. After each film screening, humanities scholars will lead the audience in intergenerational conversation/dialogue where the different generations will discuss themes related to the search for equal rights, the meaning of democracy and freedom, and how each generation can work together to agree upon community action for positive change.

"This grant furthers the College’s mission of being the “community’s first choice for innovative, high quality learning opportunities.” Dr. Janet Sims-Wood, PGCC associate professor/adjunct faculty librarian will serve as the project director under the supervision of Dr. Sandra F. Dunnington, vice-president for Academic Affairs.

The PGCC Library will host the first Created Equal film screening in late October, 2013. For additional information, please contact Dr. Janet Sims-Wood at simsjl(at)pgcc(dot)edu.

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